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first_imgOffensive tackle Watson, who was born in Manchester, has joined the Denver Broncos having spent his first four years in the league with AFC West rivals, the Oakland Raiders.Watson has battled injuries throughout his time in the professional ranks but has a better chance to be a regular starter along Denver’s offensive line.Londoner Crawford was also a free agent following a stint with the Dallas Cowboys and the 28-year-old defensive lineman has joined the Atlanta Falcons.Last month the Falcons were in the Super Bowl but squandered a 25-point lead to the New England Patriots.The number of British-born players in the NFL will be increased following next month’s draft when safety Obi Melifonwu and offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor are expected to be selected in the early-to-mid rounds.last_img read more

first_img‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “I think he’s ready and I hope he gets drafted,” the coach said. ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Aces tap new import days before first game as Ellis flies home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Aris Dionisio. PBA IMAGESLost in the shuffle of Victoria Sports-MLQU’s maiden foray in the PBA D-League was the stellar performance of big man Aris Dionisio.The little-known 6-foot-5 center has made a good account of himself this past 2017 Aspirants’ Cup, averaging a double-double of 14.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu His coach Jinino Manansala has not doubt that Dionisio is capable of keeping up with the big boys.“Ever since he played for me in St. Clare College, he’s been doing the same. He does it all and he’s a hardworking person. I think he’s ready for the big time,” the mentor said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnOne thing the 21-year-old want to prove is that he can perform at the same level as his peers from other famed schools in the Metro.“All I’m thinking is I have to compete with them. I was adjusting at the start, but in the next games, I did all I could to help our team,” he said. Dionisio has been a solid contributor for Victoria, providing the muscle down low to perfectly complement lead scorer Robbie Herndon. His performance through eight games was enough to land him in the top two of the league leaders in rebounding and blocks, just behind Cafe France center Rod Ebondo.But the numbers are far from Dionisio’s concern, saying, “I just go hard down low every game.”Dionisio would rather focus on the present as he hopes to continue honing his skills during his time in the amateurs.“After this, I’ll focus on St. Clare. Maybe after that, I’ll try out for the other teams for the next D-League conference,” Dionisio said.Still, Manansala believes that the numbers should be enough proof to the PBA scouts that Dionisio is indeed a diamond in the rough, pegging his big man as the next best under-the-radar prospect for this year’s Draft.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLast week, the Government of Guyana announced that it has approved some $17.3 million for Emancipation celebrations across the country. These funds will be used by several African groups to take care of expenses to be incurred in preparation for Emancipation 2018. The money will be divided among the groups.The Government’s chief spokesperson is quoted in the state media as saying that the African groups registered with the Ministry are also engaged, and are being assisted with plans and programmes in the respective communities to celebrate Emancipation Day.It was also related to the media that there are two main cultural activities occurring on August 1, including the traditional activities at the National Park. The Government has now decided that there will also be a “special event” scheduled for Emancipation Day at Union Village on the Corentyne. That event will be held at the Union Cultural Complex, and has been described by the Government spokesperson as one which “is going to be a major activity for the Emancipation”.Also, it was related that the Ministry of Social Cohesion, which is responsible for Culture, Youth and Sport, will also be collaborating with African Groups to celebrate Emancipation Day 2018.While no one can criticise the gesture by the Executive, which by its mandate must provide financial assistance to these cultural groups in order to promote and preserve the country’s rich and diverse culture, the Government must understand that the provision of this assistance cannot appear to be preferential, partisan, and at the expense of others.If this money will be doled out for Emancipation activities, a similar amount of money should also be provided for the programmes that are being put together by other national and independent cultural organisations that are just as important as the Emancipation day activities.Therefore, the Government needs to explain why it refused to provide any technical or budgetary assistance to the Indian Arrival Committee for the activities that the organisation had planned to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of Indian Arrival to Guyana, which was seen as a major milestone for people of Indian descent and Guyanese in general.After all, it is no secret that IAC has been silent for obvious reasons on the matter, because it probably has not mustered up the confidence to raise its concerns publicly, given Guyana’s racially charged and currently divided society, especially when one looks at the scope of politics that are playing out within the National Assembly and the country’s political arena.The truth is, the Government also refused to support, financially or otherwise, another proposal put forward by the IAC which was designed in scope, content and form to foster harmony among Guyanese. Having made representation and attended several meetings where proposals and budgets were presented, the Government has not funded the IAC-conceptualised event.Additionally, given the Government’s talk about social cohesion, the entity continued its quest to get assistance to execute some of its functions by submitting another budget proposal to the subject Ministry on September 25, 2017 for inclusion in the 2018 budget. Nothing appears to have been included when one looks at the approved 2018 budget for that Ministry.The long and short of it all is that no one opposes Government’s funding of cultural organisations. As a matter of fact and principle, such a gesture should be encouraged and mandated. And since Guyana is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country, all groups competing for financial assistance should be dealt with fairly and evenhandedly by the Government, regardless of the Executive’s composition or key demographic constituencies.This is even more important given the fact that it is these organisations that are working hard on the ground to create the change that we expect to see in our society. More sensitivity should also be shown by the Government because it is organisations like the IAC that are undertaking the challenging task of ensuring the survival of cultural traditions and commemorative events.last_img read more

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first_img 17 17 17 17 17 17 Chris Smalling – 6 – Alongside Cahill, the Manchester United defender struggled against Germany’s attack once they got up to speed. Guilty of overplaying at times 17 17 Gareth Southgate marked his first match as full-time England manager with a defeat as his experimental line-up lost out in Dortmund.Lukas Podolski marked his 130th and final appearance for Germany with a stunning solo goal as a largely encouraging Three Lions display was overshadowed.It was a case of what could have been for England, as Adam Lallana and Dele Alli came closest to breaking the deadlock for the visitors.But just how did the England players perform in Dortmund?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s player ratings for the Three Lions… SUB – Nathan Redmond – 6 – Replaced Lallana just past the hour mark but wasn’t given the opportunity to best utilise his pace SUB – Luke Shaw – N/A – Looked a bit rusty in the brief moments he was in possession 17 Kyle Walker – 7 – Got forward on plenty of occasions and continues to establish himself as one of Europe’s top fullbacks. As always, it was his pure speed that proved his most valuable asset 17 17 17 17 Jamie Vardy – 6 – Threatened in behind with his pace and offered an alternative outlet for Southgate’s side. Attempted to win a penalty with a rather embarrassing dive 17 Jake Livermore – 6 – Will be pleased with his evening’s work. The West Brom midfielder didn’t take too many risks but managed to make his presence felt as a defensive barrier Joe Hart – 7 – Had very little to do and was helpless for Podolski’s effort. Pulled off a wonderful save to deny Leroy Sane before preventing a certain tap-in in an impressive display of handling Adam Lallana – 7 – One of England’s brightest performers and will count himself unlucky not to have given his side the lead after a brilliant solo run Eric Dier – 6 – Appeared at ease back in the holding role he thrived in last season. Calm in possession and had limited Germany to rare forays forward before Podolski’s stunner Gary Cahill – 6 – Looked sluggish and ill at ease in possession at times. Given the lack of defensive options, Cahill is unlikely to come under immediate pressure for his place in the side Ryan Bertrand – 7 – Looked comfortable at this level and will provide Danny Rose with some serious competition when he returns to fitness. Will have been disappointed with his crossing at times SUB – Marcus Rashford – N/A – Looked frustrated at his lack of service in his 20-minute cameo Dele Alli – 7 – Looked slick on the ball and was at the heart of everything good England did. However, the Tottenham midfielder showed a lack of composure in front of goal SUB – John Stones – N/A – Made a late block as Germany pushed for a late second Michael Keane – 6 – Came close from a corner early on but was caught out by Sane at times for his lack of speed. The Burnley defender will be hopeful there is more to come under Southgate SUB – James Ward-Prowse – N/A – Given only minutes to mark his senior debut. Will hope there is more to come 17 17 17 SUB – Jesse Lingard – N/A – Unable to make an impact last_img read more

first_img Tom Heaton will be a big miss for Burnley 1 Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has had surgery on a shoulder injury and is expected to be out “for months”, manager Sean Dyche has announced.The 31-year-old went under the knife on Wednesday after landing awkwardly during the first half of the Clarets’ 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace last weekend.Dyche had said after the game that he suspected Heaton – capped three times by England – would be missing for a number of months.And asked whether that would be the case at a press conference on Thursday, he replied: “Yes.“It won’t be weeks, it will be a longer period.”Heaton joined the Clarets in the summer of 2013 and had played every league game in each of his three seasons before last term, when he only missed three.However, the dislocation will keep him out for the foreseeable future, which could hamper his hopes of being one of the three English goalkeepers heading for the World Cup next year if Gareth Southgate’s men get there.“It was successful in its immediacy, I’m told that went very well,” Dyche added of the surgery.“Tom was good afterwards, I haven’t spoken to him yet as he was a bit groggy last night but the physio’s kept me informed.“We all know the extent to which Tom’s professionalism goes, and he’s as good as it gets. As regards rehab – as long as the surgery heals properly, which we’ve got no reason to think it won’t – he’ll be on top of that because he’s ultra professional.“The first thought is get him as right as possible, back to where he was really. There will not be any thought about rushing people back because in the long run it just doesn’t work.“You know there will be a slightly lesser period for an outfield player – for keepers, they are constantly landing on their shoulders so common sense says it’s even more reason to make sure it’s 100 per cent right.“The early signs are very good, we’re very happy with the surgery.“He will be fine with that, he understands the role and that it can happen. He’s had a fantastic run of it not happening to him. This is just a blip, hopefully he’ll get through it and we’ll move forward.”In Heaton’s absence former Charlton stopper Nick Pope, 25, made his Premier League debut last weekend and is expected to continue as Dyche’s starter between the sticks.With Paul Robinson having retired in the summer, free agent Anders Lindegaard has also been on trial this week as Dyche looks to add a more experienced stopper to provide back up along with Adam Legzdins.“We’ll speak to him accordingly,” Dyche said of ex-Manchester United stopper Lindegaard. “Ideally in the perfect world you want three (keepers).“Nick Pope’s been working with some top-class keepers and he’s been improving all the time. The main measure is when you play, you’ve still got to see improvement on a daily basis and I think we have seen that.“He delivered a very, very good performance (against Palace) in a tough game, an awkward game for us. He’s got a chance to continue and show what he can do. That’s a great opportunity for him.”last_img read more

first_imgHe added: “Is next month’s a crucial window? They are all crucial. If you make a mistake it’s not easy to fix. We just need to make sure we don’t make any mistakes. That’s the focus for January.”Hearts and city rivals Hibs are reportedly in competition to sign former Celtic and Aberdeen attacker Niall McGinn, who is a free agent. Levein would not be drawn on that deal but, with McGinn’s Northern Ireland colleagues Kyle Lafferty and Austin McPhee at Tynecastle, he did say that in general existing relationships could make a difference to signings.“I don’t really want to get dragged into talking about individuals,” he said. “I don’t really see the point. We’ll see what happens in January. “But we do need speed in the wider areas, that’s for sure. We need a left-back and other things as well.” Hearts manager Craig Levein says his main aim for the January transfer window is to avoid costly mistakes as he aims to improve his squad.Levein is keen to sign some fresh faces when the window opens but said any errors are not easy to fix.He would not comment on reports linking the Jam Tarts to Niall McGinn but said he is in the market for a left back.The manager, who is also director of football at Tynecastle, watched his side win 1-0 against Motherwell on Saturday and hopes that as well as an improvement in form, he can also address some failings in the squad. He said finances meant he would have to move some players on to help free up funds and would have to spend wisely.“I’ve spoken regularly about the need to build up confidence and hopefully Saturday’s result will help with that,” he said. “Then once the January transfer window opens up hopefully we can do a bit of business to balance the side up too, which will help as well. “A lot of what we do next month will depend on what we can afford. There are some players that will probably need to move on but there will have to be a balance there.”last_img read more

first_imgKilmarnock boss Steve Clarke urged his young prospects to step up and fulfil their potential in the new Premiership season.The Rugby Park side enjoyed a terrific second half to the last campaign after Clarke’s arrival in Ayrshire as they leapt up the table to achieve a top six finish.Scotland youth international Greg Taylor and 22-year-old forward Eamonn Brophy were amongst those to play important roles in Killie’s upturn in fortunes.Speaking ahead of Kilmarnock’s Premiership opener against St Johnstone, Clarke called on his other youngsters to follow their lead by establishing themselves in the first team this time around. He said: “There are one or two boys around the squad who promise to be good players, who threaten to be good players.“This year, I’m looking for them to become good players.”Clarke is preparing for his first full season in charge of a Premiership side.Quizzed on how he views the state of the Scottish game at present, the former Chelsea coach called on the league’s chiefs to find new ways to sell the game. He added: “I said when I came up here the product up here is quite good but maybe we don’t sell it well enough.“Hopefully the people that run the game start to sell it better, if they do that you get more money in and the product can only improve.“Get us a better TV deal, get more money into the game. That’s the job for the people at the top of the tree, they have to do a good job for us.”last_img read more

first_img11 December 2007South African construction and engineering company Group Five has won a US$62-million (about R430-million) contract to design, supply and install a 130-megawatt power station in Nigeria’s Abia State, making it the company’s second power project in the African independent power market.Group Five is to build the plant, strategically located in Aba, the commercial capital city of Abia State in southeastern Nigeria, on behalf of Geometric Power Limited, a local private-sector company operating independent power plants for the generation, transmission and distribution of power to industrial clusters, commercial entities and the general public.“This contract further cements our successful entry into the independent African power market and proves the success of our West African business – a region we have successfully worked in since 1995,” Group Five chief executive Mike Upton said in a statement on Monday.“In line with our stated strategy of tapping into the energy sectors in Africa, we have delivered on our strategy of ensuring that our engineering business is ready for the expected large turnkey projects flowing from the power generation and distribution sector on the continent.”The project started in October 2007 and will be completed in December 2008.“With the average annual power supply in Nigeria at approximately 20% of its total demand, Aba has a large cluster of sustainable industries that need reliable electric power,” Group Five says.An existing gas pipeline into the city makes it ideal for the development of the new plant, which comprises three General Electric gas turbines fuelled by natural gas.The Aba power station is Group Five’s second power project in the independent African power market, and follows the company’s successful execution of the first stage of the $90-million (R585-million) contract for a new power station in the Akwa Ibom state of Nigeria in 2005.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more